Make analysis of short stories fun for your students with these magnifying glasses! Students use them to examine the following literature elements: character (words & thoughts, relationships, physical appearance, actions), setting, plot (rising action, climax, falling action, resolution), conflict (human vs. human, human vs. nature, human vs. self, human vs. society), and theme. Then they complete a short story analysis graphic organizer and write a theme statement that identifies the complex meanings of the assigned text (can be used with a novel excerpt also).
Teachers can use these to differentiate instruction, design jigsaw activities, or encourage cooperative learning.
This 18-page document includes the following:
-eighteen magnifying glasses (including blank templates)
-short story graphic organizer
-handouts with questions to guide students in their analyses
-an example using “The Open Window” by Saki
Teaching Poetry? Here are magnifying glasses for teaching close reading and analysis of poetic devices:
Poetry Analysis & Close Reading
Are you looking for more literature lessons and activities? Then you may be interested in the ones below.
Close Reading To Kill a Mockingbird
The Man He Killed and The Sniper
The Tell Tale Heart and Sonnet 100
Writing Task Paired Passage: Kate Chopin & William Faulkner
Gift of the Magi & How Do I Love Thee? Writing Task
A Raisin in the Sun & Mother to Son
Paperless classroom? Then these Google Drive and Microsoft One resources may be just what you are looking for:
Digital Task Cards for To Kill a Mockingbird
Digital Task Cards for Reading Standards
Digital Writing Task Resource Road & Harlem
Digital Writing Task Resource Ain't I a Woman? and Phenomenal Woman